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November 17, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

An Open Letter to Lars Klevberg, The Norwegian Film Institute and Arts Council Norway

We the undersigned express our condemnation at the deceptive nature of the film directed by Lars Klevberg and funded by the Norwegian Film Institute and Arts Council Norway about Syria. It is reckless and irresponsible to distribute a fictional film as real footage thus belittling the very real suffering of Syria’s children and the very…

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November 17, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Mazher Mahmood Lawyers Kingsley Napley: Private Entrappers Like Fake Sheikh “Often Go Beyond Law Enforcement Officers”

A law firm acting for Mazher Mahmood once described the law on private entrapment such as Sun on Sunday’s Fake Sheikh as “perverse” – in comparison to the law that “protects against the state causing citizens to commit illegal acts.” David Sleight, a criminal lawyer for Kingsley Napley, under the title of ‘The Law Regarding…

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November 14, 2014

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Russian State Television Shares Fake Images of MH17 Being Attacked

On Friday November 14th, Russian state television ran a story of supposed foreign satellite images showing the last moments of flight MH17, with a fighter jet appearing to fire at the plane. Suspicions arose immediately on Twitter, and inconsistencies were pointed out, quickly leading to the conclusion the image is a crude fabrication. To start, the image…

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November 14, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Why Is Mazher Mahmood Being Investigated By The Same People He Worked With?

Suspended Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood is being investigated by the same Crown Prosecution Service unit that signed off his now questionable cases in the first place. Rather than call in a unit based outside London, the CPS Special Case Work are investigating Mahmood and effectively themselves, and its not clear if past Mahmood…

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November 12, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Mazher Mahmood Claims BBC “Irresponsible” – But He Has Collapsed 16 Cases Since July

By Joe Public Sun on Sunday reporter Mazher Mahmood released a statement yesterday attacking BBC for being “irresponsible” and “not in public interest” who are “hell bent” to broadcast Panorama exposing his career as a fake sheikh entrapping targets before shopping them to police. In what seems like his final attempt to the stop public broadcaster,…

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November 10, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

News Corp Legal Fees: Why is Murdoch Happy to Pay Mazher Mahmood’s Fees – But Not Andy Coulson’s?

By Joe Public Only three years after the closure of News of the World, and two years after the launch of its replacement Sun on Sunday, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp parent company of subsidiary News UK is about to be engulfed in yet another serious scandal. This time, the allegations are far more serious than…

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November 8, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation

Summary This report analyses evidence from open sources, in particular social media, relating to the Buk missile launcher filmed and photographed in eastern Ukraine on July 17th that many have linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While other open source information is available on other aspects of the downing of MH17, the…

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